Student Groups

Fraternities and Sororities

The growing number of student groups, fraternities, and sororities at the U of A play a vibrant role in undergraduate student life.

The first University of Alberta fraternity was charted in 1930 and, today, there are twelve fraternities and six sororities made up of more than 600 students. These 18 chapters are governed by one of two councils: the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. 

Fraternities and sororities are recognized as University of Alberta Student Groups by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Students' Union. Like all other University Student Groups, fraternities and sororities reapply for University and Students' Union recognition annually and are supported by Student Group Services and the Office of the Dean of Students. Fraternities and sororities are also supported by local alumni advisors and their international headquarters.

Common Questions About Fraternities and Sororities

  • Are there specific honour societies and scholarships?

    The Order of Omega honorary society is open to the top 3% of fraternity and sorority members at the University of Alberta. Membership selection in Order of Omega happens once a semester during fall and winter. Also, many fraternities and sororities offer local and international scholarships to their members.

  • How are they involved in the community?
    The Greek community addresses the needs of both the City of Edmonton and the University communities by sponsoring service and philanthropic projects. Each chapter dedicates itself to worthy local causes and national/international philanthropies, donating their time and fundraising efforts to help others.
  • How can they help after graduation?
    Each chapter works to maintain active alumni relations that provide an invaluable advantage to graduating students' career networking. Mentoring of undergraduate members by Alumni is encouraged. Fraternity and sorority members observe the meaning of "lifelong membership" through their formal brothers' and sisters' continued support in their respective alumni chapters. Many take positions as chapter advisors or as members of their chapter's house corporation board.
  • How does it affect grades?
    Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of university. Fraternities and sororities recognize academics as a core value. They strive for academic excellence with many opportunities for receiving scholarships both locally and internationally. They provide academic programming and mentorship support for struggling members. Fraternity and sorority members represent a wide range of faculties and experience and are always willing to review an essay or help with a math problem. Nothing, however, can take the place of a disciplined and academically focused student to ensure success.
  • How is hazing handled at the U of A?

    The University of Alberta has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing for all student organizations. Hazing, or any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical abuse, or sleep deprivation is entirely contrary to the values and purposes of Greek life. Fraternity and sorority members are educated on the dangers by both University staff and officers of their international organizations.

    Resources on hazing can be found on this website. 

    If you ever feel that an individual is participating in any inappropriate activities, in a fraternity or sorority or any other student organization, please contact the Dean of Students Office at immediately.

  • How is the U of A involved?

    Like many student groups at the U of A, fraternities and sororities are recognized as registered student groups by the University and Students' Union and are supported by local alumni advisors, their international headquarters, and the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • How many students are involved?

    There are approximately 600 students involved with fraternities and sororities at the U of A.

  • Is living in the fraternity or sorority house a requirement of membership?

    Living in a fraternity or sorority house provides the convenience of living on campus, a balanced social life and a support structure provided by experienced students, however living in the house is a choice provided to each member and is certainly not a requirement.

  • What are the benefits?
    Fraternities and sororities provide an opportunity for an active and rewarding university experience focused on personal betterment while developing lifelong friendships. They facilitate student engagement in campus life and provide an opportunity to develop leadership, communication, organizational and time management skills, or to give back to the community through philanthropic and volunteer activities. They provide academic support and scholarships, and opportunities for travel to large international conferences. Fraternities and sororities have houses on or near campus which offers students a central meeting point and for some the convenience of living on campus. Students are provided a support structure by experienced students and involved alumni which can help to ease the transition to university life or make the first move away from home easier. For many, the experience offers a lifetime of opportunity that goes well beyond University. They are able to utilize a support system that provides career and networking opportunities.
  • What are the financial obligations?

    Like many other social groups, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward council and national fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Members set the fees in each chapter, and those fees can be put towards many items, including national organization fees, operational expenses, philanthropic commitments and social events. All prospective members are encouraged to inquire about costs during the recruitment process.

  • What is the process of joining?

    All chapters vary but fraternities and sororities generally accept new members in September and January. During Orientation in September, most groups have a booth at the Student Groups Clubs Fair. Individual chapter websites provide contact information for you to contact individual fraternities and sororities.

  • What is the time commitment?
    The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. All chapters encourage involvement but recognize academics come first. Chapters support members by offering time management sessions and academic programming/assistance. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other scheduled events (philanthropic, service, initiation) throughout the year that are generally planned in advance in order to promote time management. As with any organization, the time commitment increases if a student assumes leadership responsibilities.